While Tyler was definitely not hurting for another Mexican restaurant, that has not stopped Tylerites from flocking to the brand new Chuy’s on South Broadway. Parking spots are scarce and waiting lists are long, but the food is worth the wait if you’re willing to put up with the crowd.
I’ve always been a believer that, for the most part, restaurant style Mexican food is pretty much the same anywhere you go. An enchilada is an enchilada, fajitas are fajitas and a quesadilla is a quesadilla. Therefore, the biggest opportunity Mexican chains have to set themselves apart from the competition is their chips, salsa and margaritas. Chuy’s obviously understands where I am coming from because their chips and salsa do not disappoint. They make their salsa fresca fresh every hour, and their chips are always crispy with just the right amount of saltiness. And there’s the creamy jalapeno sauce aka crack dip. It tastes like ranch on steroids. Of course, I also have to mention their complimentary queso, beans, and taco meat station every happy hour… Can’t beat that! I do think Chuy’s house margaritas leave something to be desired (there seems to be a funny, artificial lime flavor that I don’t care for in their mix) but the mojitos are so awesome they almost make up for the margaritas.
The food is pretty good, too. The chicka-chicka boom-boom enchiladas have been the best thing I’ve ordered so far, with the appetizer platter coming in second. If you haven’t been to Chuy’s yet (which can’t be very many of you), you definitely should give it a shot. I’d recommend waiting until an off hour if you want to park remotely close and not wait an hour for a table, but all the hype is well deserved. I give Chuy’s dos thumbs up!